Despite falling to Dynamos by a goal to nil in a Venture Challenge Cup encounter at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday, Highlanders demonstrated that there is still life after the departure of several key players during the off season break with a spirited performance that proved that the Bulawayo giants will not be pushovers this season.
Just as was the case with Dynamos, some football followers reckoned that the departure of several influential Highlanders players among them the Ngodzo brothers;Â Joel and Zephaniah, Protasho Kabwe, Francis Kanda and Menard Mupera, would culminate in the demise of one of the most decorated teams in domestic football.
However if Bossoâ€™s impressive showing in the showdown with Dynamos on Sunday is anything to go by, the fall of the giant is far from coming, with thoughts of a collapse but a figment of the imagination of the prophets of doom.
Highlanders demonstrated great enterprise in a resilient showing that was characterised by an impressive smooth passing game.
Bosso brought in several players such as Kastigu Juwakinyu, Simon Munawa, Lewis Matawu and Lovemore Makwavarara in an attempt to reinforce the squad ahead of the 2011 premiership campaign.Â
Bosso coach, Mkhupali Masuku says the team is work in progress and is hopeful they will get better as the start of the season draws nearer.
â€œThe players are trying their best to bring positive results. We can not compare them with those who have left, but Iâ€™m happy they are playing their part. With time they will improve a lot,â€ Masuku said.
Masuku is looking forward to a fruitful season for Bosso but however says some shortcomings that were evident in the defeat to Dynamos need rectifying if they are to be a competitive unit.
â€œIn terms of marking ability, we have a lot of work to do. It is one area Iâ€™m not happy with but the good thing is that the season has not started yet so it gives us time to put things right in that area,â€ Masuku added.
As the 2011 domestic premiership season beckons, Highlanders will be hoping to put an end to the long wait for the premiership title which they last won in 2006.